Newspaper faces huge backlash over its shocking 'how to spot a gay person' list
Welcome to 2018, a year where schools are sacking teachers for being lesbian and newspapers are profiling members of the LGBTQ community. Over in Malaysia, a newspaper has issued an article in which it outlines how to spot a member of the LGBTQ community and their stereotypes are, well, ridiculous.
Malaysia, as a whole, is a country that is struggling with LGBTQ discrimination and the article posted in Sinar Harian will do nothing to help this issue. The article, which was published last Friday, has been heavily criticised by activists for publishing a list of pointers, with many people claiming that it could potentially put lives at risk.
Malaysian YouTuber, Arwind Kumar, uploaded a video onto his channel in which he explains what the pointers are and criticizes the paper for its discriminatory and dangerous nature. According to Kumar, the things to look out for when trying to spot a gay man are tight clothes "to show off their six-pack," facial hair and branded clothing.
As for lesbians, apparently, they can be identified due to the fact that they love being alone (what?), belittling men, and enjoy "walking around hugging each other and holding hands".
As Kumar rightly points out in his video, "If you really want to educate society, then explain to them the traits of a pedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper. Those kind of people who actually endanger the life of another," he says.
"Do not tell them about gays — how the hell does a gay person endanger your life? ... With an article like this you're only going to take away lives.
"That's what you're going to do, and if that's what you're happy doing because you want less gay people in this country, good job to you."
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and according to The Human Rights Watch, LGBTQ discrimination in the country "reaches the highest levels of government."
Such is the severity of the discrimination. Beauty and the Beast was banned from releasing in Malaysia due to the fact it featured an LGBTQ character. However, after a "minor edit concerning a gay moment in the film" by state censors, it was allowed to be shown. Also, last year, the country's health authorities ran a competition on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism - cos you know, it's something that people choose to be.
The truth is, while the suggestions that gay men like tight clothing and have facial hair are laughable, they are extremely dangerous and archaic. The guidelines published in the paper are preposterous, ridiculous and frightening in equal measure and it seems that even in 2018, we are still struggling to accept people for who they are.
As Kumar says in his video, there are much more dangerous people in the world and it would be far more useful to profile a murderer, paedophile, or potential terror suspect.
If we could all just learn to live and let live, the world would be a better place.